Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The September 11 attacks, Bali bombings and home-grown operations in London and those thwarted in Australia, have increased the importance of understanding terrorism and political violence. Counter-terrorism studies offers a rigorous course of study that evaluates these multifaceted phenomena, providing an understanding of what terrorism is and how it is constructed and reproduced, and addressing the diverse and multifaceted factors involved in enacting and preventing terrorism and other security concerns. The range of studies includes units on terrorisms (religious, revolutionary and right wing); the political, theological and intellectual bases of terrorism; political violence and political movements; and country and regional studies. Theoretical and empirical units that examine the international processes and events that fuel and discourage terrorism provide further context for students. Counter-terrorism studies is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas and professionals working in law enforcement, public service, defence and diplomacy.


For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

3758 Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies